Bored with the basic blue jean? For coming seasons, denim makers are mixing things up. Stretch-blend denim has been growing in popularity for several years, and now new cellulose fibers like Tencel, Modal, viscose and Cupro are getting into the act. The blends add fresh texture, sheen and drape to the fabric, and are more eco-friendly than traditional cotton.
Tavex has introduced a stretch denim for men that has a heavy hand and vintage aspect to retain the fabric’s rugged, masculine quality. Other recent innovations for the firm include its Denim Therapy line, billed to improve one’s muscle tone and sense of well-being. Cordura’s new designs include denim in heavy weights with various degrees of stretch, using Lycra T400 and Lycra fibers. Italian denim mill Cappio Tessuti has introduced denim blends mixing cotton with Modal, viscose and Cupro, in both stretch and nonstretch versions.
Naked & Famous Denim currently offers a cashmere denim blend, Hudson has a linen blend denim in its men’s holiday collection and Diesel has introduced a new denim-effect cotton, elastane and polyester woven jersey for its new Jogg Jean, which is as cozy as sweatpants. Agave Denim is now focusing on luxury blends, like cotton linens, cotton Tencel and pure Tencel.
“We strongly believe that we have to make more of an effort in producing new sustainable products,” says Adriano Goldschmied, executive vice president of product development for Citizens of Humanity and GoldSign. “Cellulosic fibers originate from trees and take up less water and less land.”
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia